Premier League 2018/2019


#984

Another trophy-less season for Tottenham.


#985

At least they’re consistent .


#986

Poche’s comments after were hilarious. something along the lines of “not winning trophies is not important, we want to consistently get into the top 4 instead”. So Spursy! @Bosco did you watch it?


#987

No was up in Belfast for the night so was making my way home and didnt see the game. Didnt hear the comments but yeah hes doing a wenger on it and saying top 4 is more important than a cup. If they finish top 4 this season then it will be a good achievement all things considered. But at the end of the day its not on the honours list finishing 3rd or 4th each season.


#988

Soccer is a business and top 4 is probably more lucrative than a domestic cup. I would say if you asked most clubs which would they prefer, win the cup or play champions next year, most would say champions.


#989

For the supporters, seeing your team lift silverware is obviously the best thing, but clubs like Spurs, need the cash to pay the debt, so top 4 is the key. Getting to last 16 was a huge thing for them.

And yes @Bosco Wenger went on about the top 4 and was ridiculed for it. Maybe he was doing better than we thought? Time will tell!


#990

True. As can be seen from results, intensity and lineouts again this weekend, the FA Cup is not important to most top tier teams.


#991

Should give 3 champo league places in the premier and one for the cup winners


#992

Had to laugh at the united lobby berating Arsenal for not giving them their full allocation of tickets and to the BBC for making it a Friday night game???

Didn’t United not enter the competition a few years ago because they were in the Euro champs league and world super cup thingy??


#993

At the insistence of the FA because they were bidding for the 2006 WC.


#994

I’ve been arguing that for years which is why it probably won’t happen.


#995

FA can’t do it unilaterally afaik. Would have to be UEFA afaik


#996

Not sure if I am right, but someone told me the other day that the premier league would not allow it. it is the same here, 4 places for la Liga and the cup is just a secondary competition and what makes it worse is there are two legs, so the big clubs field really weak teams in the first one and then if necessary field a stronger team in the second.


#997

I’d be pretty pissed off if I was a Spurs fan with remarks like this.


#998

Ah hahahaha. Jeysus. Arsenal were abused (rightly) for years for saying top 4 was a trophy!!! I think that’s gas!


#999

Re-enforcing my thinking that Solskjaer should get the United gig full time. Gamble but doesn’t appear to have an god awful attitude like this.


#1000

Sounds like a comment (excuse) José would make. Interesting couple of months coming up for Poch to see how he handles a difficult period and the negativity that will go with it.


#1001

He is only reflecting what his masters tell him. No transfer activity in the close season which is actually incredibly when you think about it - not a penny spent.

So which is more important to Levy & Co do we think … a big tin pot - or a €€€ top 4 Champs League spot.


#1002

That’s a long running thing with Arsenal - FA rules state that for cup you get 15% allocation for the away teams - Arsenal wont fulfill this.

Think if you are on the way up and progressing , the top 4 is a good season - Arsenals problem was that they were winning and competing for titles , and then had a number of years when they were declining and finishing 3rd or 4th was no longer good enough as it was 9 or 10 years since they won anything, They focused more on the FA cup in wengers last few years.

Also Top 4 finishes was the business model for arsenal from when the stadium was built. So it was a necessity to finish up there.

Not important to a lot of premier league teams and top Championship teams - the money on offer in the PL outweighs the lure of a good cup run.

Easy observation from the outside looking in (not that any of us are truly on the inside) - the reason why there was no signings was due to Poch not signing players for the sake of it - Players he wanted went elsewhere - and that’s not a transfer fee related - its wages related - you don’t want to go down a leeds united road of reckless spending - spurs fans old enough will remember the chairman of the 80’s and 90’s who ran the club poorly. have a look at man citys record signings compared to other teams its not too bad - then look at their wage bill compared to others - them and chelsea are propped up by oil money and then united can match them based on income.

As for the comment about Levy & Co - the amount invested in the club has been huge - its just not all player related - its training ground complex - a hotel out there and then the stadium itself which will be something special when it opens. That’s the ground work put in to provide for the future - so we’ll wait and see


#1003

Don’t know what difference it would make in reality. Take the last 20 years for example, only Wigan and Portsmouth have bucked the trend of the so called big 4 (of each decade) winning the FA Cup.

United x 3
Chelsea x 6
Liverpool x 2
Arsenal x 6
Man City x 1
Wigan x 1
Pompey x 1

If it was taken more seriously by the Top 4/5 teams it’s even less likely Wigan and Pompey etc would be any where near the finals.